Another Station

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Another Station

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I raced to the perimeter,

stopping at the dot and

found the sun half-gone

like a kiss that never was.

I touched the tree and the tree

did not know I was there.

I peeled the skin from my fingers

to feel a deeper sensation.

The line and the ledge and the no-space in-between.

The devil is bitter and hard. I spoke to the devil

and held time with his eyes. But breaking free,

leaping from the circle – these aspirations

are growing up, taking long and slow breaths,

all the while, becoming

more formidable.

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Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Bluepepper” June 2017

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Faces of hope

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Faces of hope

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I watch the future

as I watch the motions

of your lungs. I see

so much change and so astounding a discovery.

I see two asleep, plenty full

of love, bearing themselves up

against the world. I see the frames

of two who have no boundaries,

who have extraordinary powers

in ordinary reality, who have presence

and beauty with the added blessing

of fitting in.

I see the advances of light on your skins.

I see the unexpectancy of time

in the simplicity of your smiles.

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Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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Our Children Are Orchards

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First published in “Synchronized Chaos” July 2017

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Exhumed

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Exhumed

Hello dead flower,

for all time now you will

be embedded inside of me.

I will love you, dead as you are,

withered like a left-out tomato.

I will cherish you, your deadness,

your smell and deep dead colour.

There – the funny shadow on the upper

wall – you killed my sun.

You left me here leaking my joy

all over the sofa.

Hello my dead flower,

let be whatever is, let it please

resume.

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Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Cacti Fur” June 2017

POETRY: ALLISON GRAYHURST – Exhumed

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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What I found

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What I found

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What I found is below,

out-of-sequence with the sun’s

touch and possibilities,

is past redemption,

is in my gut, collapsing the core

of my sanity.

What I found is old, like the beginning

of cell growth, like the first imagination.

What I know is that it always wins,

in the settling moments, in the quiet

of a noonday stare.

What I feel is removed, blocked off by shadows –

a thousand years behind me.

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Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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.First published in “1947: a literary journal” April 2017

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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The struggle of water

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The struggle of water

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The wave takes

those under the drip-drain dream,

it carries them here

where language is clearer

but hope has died.

On the edge it tosses them –

from garbage pail to garbage pail,

a thousand miles sleeping.

It reforms without stealing – but not

 

without a price.

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First published in “The Peregrine Muse” December 2016

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Gifted

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Gifted

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Thrown into isolation – no need

for bread or even the gifts of summer.

That is all inside you – the Chinaglass dream

tarnished from age – the towering clouds,

never far enough to reach – the daughters

of loveless affection – the painted

patriarch of absolute control.

 

Your face has weaved a wonder

that the piled-up tissues of time cannot

obscure. For you, hope is

beautiful. To join is to be

elevated. But these acts are too large

for your darkness, too full of God to ever

own you with anything but longing.

 

In this way, you are modern,

destroyed by what you name sacred, diamond

but lacking all shine.

 

In this way, you are gorgeous, guided by

an obvious morality yet struggling with the sly and unholy –

lightning-struck with an anger that will never free you,

reaching out

beyond yourself for what

even angels are denied.

 

 

Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Peregrine Muse” December 2016

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Thunder To Cross

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Thunder To Cross

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I fell, without colour, separated

from purpose – a delight to the

violence of mediocrity.

This character I have seen form

is on exhibition, it has gained

sanity but lost its genius.

The burning bodies of grief

lingering from house to house.

Pollution put under the tongue like cyanide.

I wore that slipper. I left what I held sacred

for a more tangible condition.

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Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Peregrine Muse” December 2016

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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